Friday, April 17, 2009

Grilled Maple Dijon Chicken & Potatoes - April's Maple Syrup

This recipe features local maple syrup but you can also use local potatoes, garlic and chicken. I choose Ontario potatoes in the store over PEI etc and I choose potatoes from local growers whenever possible. Azilda, Blezzard Valley and other growers around Sudbury usually have potatoes in our North Bay grocery stores. The Schlosser farm have Powassan grown potatoes for sale. If you want to buy local chicken you should search out a local farmer shortly as they usually want your order BEFORE they raise the chicken.

2 Tbsp mustard, dijon - 5 ml
3 Tbsp maple syrup - 45 ml
1/4 c + 1 Tbsp peach jam - 75 ml
2 Tbsp cider vinegar - 30 ml
1/2 tsp black pepper - 2.5 ml
4 each chicken breasts, bone-in - about 2 1/2 lb or 1 kg
4 each potatoes - 4 each
4 each garlic, cloves - 4 each
1 Tbsp olive oil, XV, cold pressed - 15 ml
1 each onion, red, fresh - 1 each
1 each red pepper, sweet - 1 each
1 Tbsp rosemary, fresh, minced - 15 ml

Preheat the grill to medium high.

1. Mix mustard, maple syrup, jam of your choice and vinegar together in bowl. Last year's peach jam works really well.
2. Preheat barbecue grill to medium heat. Place chicken on top shelf of barbecue and paint top side with sauce. Grill the chicken 10 minutes and flip and paint other side. Grill until thoroughly cooked. Baste with any extra sauce while cooking. Alternatively, the chicken can be cooked in the oven at 400°F(204°C). The chicken is cooked when the internal temperature reaches 165°F (74°C).
3. Meanwhile, prepare the vegetables by washing the potatoes and red pepper. Cut pepper and unpeeled potatoes into 8 wedges each. Cut onion into thin slices and mince the fresh garlic and rosemary. Toss everything with olive oil. Microwave for 10 minutes on HIGH power. Finish in grill basket with chicken.
4. To serve place chicken breasts in centre of platter and scatter cooked potatoes along outside. Decorate with a few small Canadian flags and serve.

Nutrition Facts (per 542 gram serving): 580 calories, 8 g fat, 1.5 g saturated fat, 145 mg cholesterol, 340 mg sodium, 63 g carbohydrate, 4 g fiber, 26 g sugar, 61 g protein. Daily Values: 50% vitamin A, 190% vitamin C, 8% calcium and 15% iron.

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